This purely delicious mango lassi is what I love to enjoy for a quick and healthy breakfast after an early morning bike ride. I normally like to freeze the mango or other fruit I am using, so it’s icy cold and creamy when i’ve blended my lassi. Other fruits such as banana, papaya or pineapple are also glorious in this recipe. This is also delicious topped with healthy chef granola or pistachio nuts that adds another dimension of flavour and texture that makes this the perfect high performance recovery food.
What’s great about it:
Fermented foods such as yoghurt or kefir contain probiotics which are live microorganisms (good bacteria) that help protect our immune and digestive system allowing the nutrients in our healthy food to be absorbed better into our blood stream. The word probiotic means pro-life; so where possible choose foods that are life giving to your health. Fresh fruit such as mango and vegetables also work as pre-biotics and help stimulate probiotic bacteria growth in the digestive system and help rebuild a healthy micro biome. Flaxseed and chia are high in omega 3 essential fatty acids that are necessary for good health and must be obtained from our diet. Flaxseed and chia is also high in fibre that can help reduce cholesterol and keep you regular.
Ginger is a delicious spice that has been enjoyed around the world for thousands of years. It’s a staple in my kitchen, adding a distinct zingy flavour to cooking while boasting an impressive list of health properties – a true super-food in my books! Scientifcially shown to have potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, ginger helps to boost immune function and combat cellular damage. This gut friendly spice stimulates digestion, gut motility and bowel function, while helping to relieve bloating, cramping, wind and nausea – perfect for anyone with digestive issues. A recent study also found ginger to be as effective as pharmaceutical agents in relieving PMS pain in women.
Curcumin is the active ingredient in Turmeric, which also gives it the distinct and vibrant yellow colouring. Curcumin has potent anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial, detoxifying and gastrointestinal health properties, which have been linked to the prevention of cancer cell growth and management of inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, asthma, eczema and inflammatory bowel disease. Turmeric is nutritional powerhouse, rich in manganese, zinc, B group vitamins and iron. Bee pollen is an Ayurvedic superfood rich in protein, and B vitamins for energy and vitality.
1 mango – see notes
2 cups (500 ml / 17 1.2 fl oz) probiotic yoghurt or kefir ( organic natural yoghurt / coconut yoghurt / or kefir ) see notes on almond milk and alternatives
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
2 teaspoons bee pollen (optional )
½ teaspoon fresh grated ginger
2 teaspoons chia seed or ground flaxseed
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste, extract or ground vanilla
handful of ice to blend
chopped pistachio to garnish
Combine Ingredients into a high performance blender like a Vitamix.
Blend until smooth, lush and creamy. Add a little water if necessary to adjust consistency.
Garnish with a dusting of crushed pistachios and a little extra turmeric
You can buy quality fermented kefir or natural yoghurt from good health food stores and supermarkets.
You can also use 2 cups fresh young coconut milk, macadamia milk, cashew milk or almond milk, pumpkin seed milk if you don’t want to use yoghurt of kefir.
Frozen banana, papaya, pineapple or peaches can be used in place of mango. I love to use 2 frozen bananas for this recipe.
Enjoy topped with healthy chef granola and fresh blueberry or pineapple for a purely delicious breakfast.
You can purchase bee pollen from all good health food stores. Throw a tablespoon into smoothies or add to your next bircher muesli, protein power balls or power porridge.
Healthy Chef Protein
I’ve designed my protein to be the purest and most delicious protein you can get! A great source of amino acids needed to repair, rebuild and support a healthy body. Rich in BCAA’s (branched chain amino acids). Studies show that BCAA’s can reduce fatigue and improve exercise performance, reduce muscle breakdown and facilitate healing.
Nutritional info per serve:
Protein: 13.4 g
Total fat: 4.4 g
Saturated: 2.8 g
Carbs: 30 g